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Marlins Walk Off Against The Phillies

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Cole Hamels had a bounce back outing tonight for the Phillies. (PHOTO: AP)

Can you say deja vu?

For the second straight night, the Phillies took a 1-1 tie deep into their game against the Miami Marlins. This time, however, the Marlins would come out on top, scratching out a 2-1 victory to push the Phillies back under .500


– During this Phillies era, a common theme has been offensive ineffectiveness when facing a young rookie they’ve never seen before. Without a comprehensive scouting report, it seems this team simply can’t hit young pitching. The issue reared its ugly head again tonight, as the Phils’ bats looked anemic against the 20-year old Jose Fernandez, making just his second career start.

Fernandez kept the Phils off balance all night, twirling a dazzling six innings, while striking out five and allowing just five baserunners. Domonic Brown was particularly excited to see Fernandez exit the game after the sixth, as he had struck out twice against the righthander before singling as soon as Fernandez was lifted. The hit would prove beneficial.

Erik Kratz has been particularly bad hitting with runners on base. That would continue in the sixth inning, when he came up with two on and one out, rolling over on a pitch and hitting a dead-doubleplay ball to shortstop. The Phils caught a break, though, when second baseman Donovan Solano‘s throw to first sailed, allowing Brown to cross home and tie the game. It was a gift from the Marlins, but the struggling Phillies offense would take it. They’d leave the bases loaded to end the inning, and wouldn’t come close to scoring another run.


– For all the talk about how bad Roy Halladay has been, Cole Hamels hadn’t been much better coming into tonight’s start. Through 10.2 innings, he had allowed 13 runs while striking out just seven. He’d also given up four home runs. This caused some to begin wondering if everything was alright with the 29-year old staff ace. Hamels stopped those questions tonight.

– He started the ball game with a strikeout and cruised from there, throwing a crisp six innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh.

– The Marlins got a run in the fifth following a two-out triple by Adeiny Hechavarria and a single by the pitcher, Fernandez. The hits were the first and only ones King Cole allowed all night. The momentary lapse in concentration would be the only blip on Hamels’s line. The run, which made it 1-0, would mark the first time the Marlins led a game at Marlins Park this season.

– Hamels final line: 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. It wasn’t a performance for the ages, but it was the type of bounce-back outing Hamels needed. For the second straight night, the Phillies got a solid six innings from their starter. This time, they simply couldn’t capitalize on it.


– Last night, the Phillies bullpen turned in four scoreless innings as they helped the team to victory. Some of their best relievers kept that trend going tonight, shutting down the Marlins’ bats. Antonio Bastardo had his second straight 1-2-3 inning and Mike Adams struck out two in a perfect eighth.


– In a tense ninth inning, Phillippe Aumont walked the leadoff hitter and allowed a single to work himself into a first and third situation with no outs. After recording a strikeout, Aumont induced a groundball hit right at Chase Utley. Utley couldn’t field it cleanly, though, and the winning run came home for the Marlins. The play was ruled an error, making the loss even more frustrating.


– The Phillies get another look at their ailing ace, Roy Halladay (0-2, 14.73), as he squares off against Kevin Slowey (0-2, 2.19) tomorrow afternoon.

– The Phillies wasted a great night of pitching from their staff. When your pitching allows just two runs, especially against an inferior Marlins team, the offense has to find a way to get it done. They didn’t tonight, and the team falls to 5-6. The team is 4-for-20 with RISP this series.



  1. Andrew From Waldorf

    April 14, 2013 at 12:49 am

    Was it really great pitching?

    Or a horrible Marlins line up would make anyone look good?

    They did manage to lose to a team that with a line up that is minus Stanton worse than most triple A line ups.

    If Doc gets roughed that will say it all.
    Jamie Moyer wouldnt do poorly vs the Marlins line up.
    He is 50 now.
    He is also a free agent.

    Hint hint Ruben.

  2. Betasigmadeltashag

    April 14, 2013 at 3:16 am

    So I just finished watching this game on DVR. Some things I do not understand, you pinch run for Howard with JMJ, I get that, but why pinch hit for nix. Then with a team with extra guys who can play out field how is JMJ not at first. And another thing first and third with one out why not in DP depth. You can call this second guessing but I had these question while watching the game. I usually do not blame Charlie and if Nix doesn’t play a single into a triple this game is different. The grounder to first I think even Ryan could have handled has Frandsen ever play first base?
    I am a big preacher of “it’s early and it is a long season”. But there is no way they should not have swept this series

  3. teeejay

    April 14, 2013 at 6:25 am

    It sure looks like everybody’s predictions about them being the 3rd best team in the division were accurate. So that leaves them fighting for that second wild card against LA,Ariz,or Sf and Cinc or SL. Not seeing it right now.

    • jake

      April 14, 2013 at 7:22 am

      I think it’s a wee bit early to judge where this team slots into the division.

      There are a number of positives so far and I’m reserving my judgment until we get through at least the first month of the season.

      • Ken Bland

        April 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

        Funny you say that. I’m pretty close to thinking it’s NOT early any more, let alone wee bit, but I have to admit my mentality includes looking ahead to the next 8 games. Plus, I don’t know what you mean by a NUMBER of positives…I think it’s a minimal amount, but let’s look at the next 8 games. This will sound somewhere between devil’s advocate and inclined to the negative side.

        Today, although whatever progress Doc makes can gear toward acceptable to good fairly quick. But it’s tough to see him pitching well today, despite the weak competition. Aumont Adams and Bastardo won’t pitch as they’ve worked 2 in a row. Miami’s pen is depleted, too, and they suck, but my point is today doesn’t lean toward lock classification.

        Then, it’s the Reds and Cards for 7. It’s not impossible this club runs hot at some point, but you can’t dilly dally back and forth and contend. Those 7 games, man, I guess 5-2’s not impossible, but 4-3 seems a reasonable BEST case. We’ll see how it shakes out, but I don’t see this as a time to be overly confident or patient.

  4. Chuck A.

    April 14, 2013 at 7:20 am

    You can say what you want about a terrible Marlins team…because they are. But this kid Fernandez is gonna be really good. He pitched a great game and did it as if he really knew what he was doing, like he’s a seasoned veteran or something.

    And, yeah, I am also second-guessing the decision to play the infield in with 2 outs. I get that if you don’t turn the double play the game is over but you also run the huge risk of something happening such as it did. Utley is not at fault there, he did what he could with the way the ball short-hopped.

    • George

      April 14, 2013 at 9:11 am

      I agree on Fernandez. It’s not always unfamiliarity or lack of scouting; some of these “young rookies” have a lot of talent, and some have shown it against other teams (Matt Harvey, for example). The Phils, like most teams, have dificulty against good pitchers, but have also slaughtered some rookies even when they’ve never seen them before.

  5. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Anybody got a birthday today? You’re in outstanding company. Both Pete Rose and Greg Maddux turn the calendar today.

  6. Joey

    April 14, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Pete Rose should be in the HOF.

    • Chuck A.

      April 14, 2013 at 10:41 am

      Agreed. So should Shoeless Joe Jackson.

  7. Nah.Roots

    April 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Howard has like, what, 3 doubles now…with nobody on..grrr. There’s A positive if someone is looking for one. At least one was a hr in other parks.

    The lineup as a whole hit some balls hard and a decent number of walks. But where was the timely hitting? Dom doesn’t want anything to do with Jose.

  8. Joshua

    April 14, 2013 at 11:34 am

    No excuse Charlie cannot manage a game. Why in the world were they not in double play depth when they had one out and first and third. That was the dumbest decision I have seen in a long time. Charlie needs to go.

  9. Lefty

    April 14, 2013 at 11:36 am

    The Phillies as a team have a total of 6 at bats in 1.2 innings versus the Marlins pitcher, Kevin Slowey, today. And 3 of those AB’s were by Michael Young while in the AL. If this article is right about the Phils versus unfamiliar pitching, there won’t be much offense for the first 5 or 6 innings today either.

    I’m betting heavily against that theory.

    In the other 3 AB’s against Slowey, Howard is 1 for 2-a home run, and Utley is 1 for 1 with 3 RBI.

  10. Bart Shart

    April 14, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I was somewhat happy to see Placido Polanco score the winning run. But distressed to see the Phils lose this one.

  11. Dave

    April 14, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I just think that the Phillies are not a very good team right now. There is no reason that the Phillies should be playing close games with the Marlins. The Phillies SHOULD be a much more talented team, yet they are not.

    • George

      April 14, 2013 at 1:05 pm

      The reason they’re in tight games with the Fish is that Fernandez seems to be quite good, and that yesterday’s pitcher, Nolasco, is pretty decent, too. I didn’t see the Marlins do much, but when you’re up against good pitching, your own team isn’t going to do much, either.

      Everybody seems to think that the Marlins are so bad they shouldn’t be able to win at all. No team is that bad.

  12. Ken Bland

    April 14, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    The 11 hits and 1 run prompts a check of history to see most hits and fewest runs in a game. Long tijme ago, 14 hits and a resulting shutout, once in the AL, once in The Better League.

    Hard to believe, Harry, but this could be worse. That should read Very Hard to Believe, Harry.

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